The Gamecocks got out to an early lead and were up 4-0 over the ‘Dores by the middle of the fifth inning. DH Brison Celek came through with an RBI in the first and LB Dantzler went yard in the fourth, then added two more RBIs in the fourth. VU added three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, though, and tacked on another in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game.
The score stayed knotted at 4-4 until the top of the 13th inning, when Christian Walker crushed a two-run bomb to center that gave the Cocks a 6-4 lead. Vandy coiuldn’t respond in the bottom of the inning, and South Carolina came away with a big/necessary win and their first SEC series victory of this season.
The USC pitching staff was in decent form today, with starter Colby Holmes going 4 2/3 innings and surrendering only three hits. Those three hits did bring in runs, and Holmes also walked one batter. He recorded one K as well. Tyler Webb faced only one batter, to whom he gave up a hit. Matt Price came in next and threw for six innings, giving up only one hit and one run. He walked four and struck out seven batters. Jordan Montgomery finished the job and earned the win and improved to 2-0 on the season as he pitched two shutout innings, allowing only two hits and one walk with three K’s.
Although Vandy starter Will Clinard gave up the bulk of the runs scored by the Cocks, closer Philip Pfeifer took the loss and is now 0-1.
South Carolina outhit Vanderbilt 12-7 in today’s game. Walker was 3-for-5, and Pankake, Celek and Dantzler were all 2-for-5. Evan Marzilli has now reached base in all 28 games this season. Vandy’s Tony Kemp was 2-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the ‘Dores at the plate.
Carolina is now 20-8 overall and 3-6 in conference play. The Yardcocks’ next game is Wednesday at College of Charleston. First pitch is set for 6 ET, and the game can be seen on ESPN3. The next SEC series begins Friday at Carolina Stadium, where USC will take on Tennessee.